Above The Fold:  Reopening Safely, Updates on Covid-19; Working With Zoom

Reopening Safely: Following the new CDC guidelines of July 27, 2021, we ask that everyone who enters the building, whether you are vaccinated or not, to..,

  • Wear a Mask
  • Practice Social Distancing

These new policies are based on
a recent outbreak in Provincetown MA, where a few hundred fully-vaccinated people had breakthrough infections with high viral loads, and were potentially infectious themselves. The CDC recommends this policy nationwide in counties where transmission is substantial or high. For Fayette County, our current transmission rate is high.

We also ask that if you have had symptoms or contact with someone who is infected with Covid within the last 2 weeks, that you not enter the building until you have satisfied CDC protocols that it is safe for you to do so (i.e. isolation and/or a negative test).

Programs in the Center: Café Shambhala and Sunday Morning Shambhala Sadhana practice sessions will now meet in-person in the Center, and will broadcast their Zoom sessions from there.

Zoom: We will continue to offer our Zoom gatherings. Some Zoom gatherings will be hybrid (where participants may choose either to attend in-person or in Zoom), and some gatherings will remain totally within Zoom. If you are new to Zoom, the following resources may be helpful (Transitioning to Zoom, Shambhala Times; A Super Easy Guide to Zoom).

Free Gatherings in Zoom (Donations Gratefully Accepted)

Outreach in the Arts: When we are in-person, Lexington Shambhala Center hosts concerts with Lance Brunner and art exhibits with Karl Lindstrom. We now offer them in hybrid format. Vincent Dummer archived our first two Gallery Hop exhibits for 2021 (May, July) as 360 virtual tours.

  • Virtual Art Exhibit, Bonsai Art: This was our Gallery Hop exhibit on July 16, 2021, and it has been archived as a 360 virtual tour here.
  • Virtual Art Exhibit: Wingspan Redux – 2D and 3D works by Carleton Wing. This was our Gallery Hop show on May 20, 2021, and it has been archived as a 360 virtual show here. This show was originally scheduled to be live, in-person, during the Gallery Hop over a year ago, March 20, 2020. The show and Hop were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and sadly, Carleton Wing died from Covid-19 on April 2, 2020. The live show a year later, and this virtual show here, celebrates Carleton Wing and his life’s work.
  • Virtual Concert, Music as Sacred Path: This concert was livestreamed in Zoom on December 5, 2020, and a higher quality recording has been uploaded to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/vCneJrMkn14. It features pop vocals sung by Anna Katori and classical guitar selections performed by Geraldo Neto and Collin Holloway. Lance Brunner hosts.


Café Shambhala became a hybrid program on June 12, 2021, 10am-12pm. We were maskless for a few weeks, but are now following the new CDC guidelines (see above) and requiring masks and social distancing.

Shambhala Sadhana: Sundays at 9-10 am. Discovering the Sun of Basic Goodness. This weekly practice is open to those who have received the Shambhala Sadhana lung. For more details, click here. Email Lucia Gilchrist to request the Zoom link: [email protected]

White Tara Practice: Senior teacher Shelly Heinz will be leading White Tara practice sessions in a Zoom room, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am for the foreseeable future. To participate in this practice, students need to have an established practice of shamatha meditation and to have already received instruction in White Tara practice.  Email Shelley at [email protected] for the Zoom link for access to these practice sessions. For description of White Tara practice, click here.

Zoom Classes with a Fee

Nothing planned currently, please check again soon!

Below The Fold

welcomeIt is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Meditation is at the heart of all programs offered at the Shambhala Center. Slow down, take a breath, and develop more appreciation for yourself and the world.

For access to our most recent newsletter, please see Email Newsletter Archives in the lower right corner of this page.

What to Expect at the Shambhala Center

The Shambhala Center welcomes you to a range of programs and events, including:

  • Contemplative weekend/evening classes and meditation retreats
  • Individual instruction in meditation by trained and authorized meditation instructors
  • Local Community Enrichment events
  • Café Shambhala every Saturday, 10 AM – Noon
  • Many opportunities to volunteer your energy and inspiration


Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery

The Shambhala Center of Lexington is delighted to provide a home for the contemplative arts. This includes visual arts, music, poetry and movement.

Andrew Wilder’s concert on YouTube



Ella Chang and Yoonie Choi-Reich concert on YouTube

Our Gallery venue

Article in the Chevy Chaser about our new beginnings, and one on Tips for Mindfulness

Featured Programs

Council Meeting on Zoom

January 18th—June 20th (2022)

All are welcome to attend our regular Council meetings. See full program description for instructions for the Zoom link. Continue »

Dharma for Lunch book study

October 19th—December 28th

We will start with "The Places That Scare You" by Pema Chodron. Continue »

Meditation: The Way of the Buddha

January 2nd—February 6th (2022)

Join us in person or online for this six-week class. Registration is through Shambhala Online (see details) Continue »

Southeast Regional Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level I - The Art of Being Human Held online

with Shastri Will Ryken

January 8th—January 9th (2022)

Level I: The Art of Being Human is the first in a series of five weekend retreats. These retreats are taken in sequence. Continue »

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →


Just starting to meditate?

A simple way to begin is to attend our Tuesday night or Saturday morning sitting meditation sessions. On Tuesday night, there is open meditation from 7 – 8:30 pm, and there is always an instructor available to provide initial meditation instruction. More →

Do you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?

Several of our members do, and have formed a practice group. It meets weekly on Tuesday nights. For more information, see our Cincinnati Group page.

Sangha Members – For information and help in dealing with current events in Shambhala, please see our Current Events page.

Looking for a retreat spot nearby? Please see this Ziji Tiny Retreats page for information on a tiny retreat cabin.

Shambhala Global Services

What is Shambhala Global Services? What services do they provide for Shambhala? Please see this Google document for an explanation.

Recent News

  • Video of our Dec. 5 Concert

    If you didn’t get to see this live, here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCneJrMkn14